BELLE CHASE, LA (NBC33) — A Belle Chase student threatened to shoot up his school and kill a teacher. He told classmates he planned to do it on Friday, Dec. 21 because, he said, that’s the day the world is supposed to come to an end.
“The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office takes all threats seriously, especially those involving the threats towards the students and teachers at our schools,” Sheriff Lonnie Greco, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, said.
Reports indicate that the threats were made on Monday, Dec. 17 during school hours. However, it was not reported to law enforcement until 3:15 p.m., which was after classes had been dismissed for the day.
“I would like to stress the importance of immediately reporting tips and this type of information to my office,” Sheriff Greco, added. “Public safety is a priority. The public should rest assured that we will do everything in our power to make certain that those attending and working at our schools remain safe.”
Witnesses told deputies that Leonard F. Jourdan, III, a senior at the high school, said he planned to shoot up the school and kill his teacher. The reason, he said, is because he believes his teacher “does not like him.” He said he would tie her up and slit her wrists.
Deputies located Jourdan at his home and he voluntarily explained his comments. He said he made the statements in a joking manner.
Jourdan was subsequently arrested and booked that evening for Terrorizing. A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 1:00 p.m. No bond has been set.